This week regulators published $164.7 million in total regulatory costs; there were $45 million in annualized burdens, compared to $32 million in benefits, and 191,000 paperwork hours. An oil pollution proposal and a poultry inspection final rule led the week.
For the past couple of weeks, and for the next few, the nation’s children will return to classrooms eager and ready to learn. The National Retail Federation projects that more than $26.5 billion in back-to-school dollars will be spent- record breaking numbers. But for the over 50 million elementary and secondary public school students the headline reads glossy for some and gloomy for others.
The story of slow health care spending growth is best told as a series of vignettes, one of which features prescription drug innovation.
Last week, Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee and Senator Lamar Alexander, Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee requested a report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) on the Obama Administration’s waivers to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This in-depth investigation is long overdue.
The DSH program provides supplementary income to thousands of American hospitals providing care to low income Americans. It is both important and controversial, and worth understanding.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit a statement for the record before the Employee Benefits Security Administration’s ERISA Advisory Council regarding the consideration of Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) compensation and fee disclosures to welfare benefit plans through regulatory action.
I am in Washington, DC so nothing is going on. It is August, so less than nothing is going on. (Proof? I watched reruns of a hearing on extraterrestrial life on CSPAN2 yesterday.) The one, single thing that has happened is that the president held meetings on administrative options for immigration reform with advocates and the business community.
President Obama devoted much of his press conference yesterday to declaring an interim victory in Iraq, due to Kurds taking control of a key dam near the town of Mosul. The momentary relief from the threat posed by ISIS may or may not prove to be a significant foreign policy moment.
More than five years after the recession ended, housing markets across the country remain stubbornly feeble.
The annual Fed conference at Jackson Hole, Wyoming commences on August 21. Officially sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the conference has been since 1978 the most important meeting of global central bankers. This year’s focus is "Re-Evaluating Labor Market Dynamics,” a key issue across the globe.